This year’s 2019 Billboard Music Awards are right around the corner and rap superstar Cardi B has more nominations than any other artist. Cardi impressively scored 21 nominations in 18 different categories, which is one nomination shy for the record of most nominations. Drake and the Chainsmokers each racked up 22 nominations back in 2017. Other notable nominees include Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Juice Wrld, Bazzi, and more. The awards are set to kick off live from Las Vegas at the MGM Garden Arena on May 1.
The Accolades Keep On Coming
In addition to the notable number of Billboard nods, Cardi won the 2019 Grammy award for the ultra-competitive Best Rap Album making history as the first-ever solo female to do so. The “Please Me” singer and performer, who was nominated for five Grammy’s, beat out fellow nominees Pusha T, Travis Scott and the recently fallen rap soldier, Nipsey Hussle. “I remember when all I ever wanted to do was chart on the Hot 100 charts,” Cardi said about this year’s Billboard nominations in a video posted on Instagram. “I was like, if I chart, I’m official. Like I celebrated my first charting — when I charted at number 75 — the same way I celebrated my first No. 1 on the Billboard charts.”
Cardi has also won a slew of awards from other distinguished outlets, including American Music Awards, iHeart Radio, MTV, BET, Soul Train, and even Guinness Book Of World Records wins for Most Simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female and Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female.
Life Before Fame
Before Cardi B became the star that she is today, she struggled through multiple ups and downs in life which ultimately led her to realize a clear vision for her life. Before she made music, Cardi was an exotic dancer and was recently under fire for an old video that surfaced online where she details drugging and robbing men for money as a way to survive. She received widespread scrutiny about the revelation, which led to her making a statement explaining that she made the choices she did at the time because she had limited options. Some compared her actions to R. Kelly’s sexual assault allegations and soon after the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB went viral. Since the dust seems to have settled, those that felt Kelly has exhibited a pattern of serial abuse that does not resemble Cardi’s behavior had the largest share of voice on the matter.
After overcoming the hardships of her past, Cardi landed a role on VH1’s hit TV series “Love & Hip-Hop” in which she appeared in multiple seasons. Shortly after her departure from reality TV, Cardi B released her debut mixtape titled “Gangster Bitch Music, Vol. 1” which launched her meteoric rise to fame. Since then, Cardi b has had several hit singles including her most notable 2017 hit “Bodak Yellow” which expanded her fanbase extensively.
Cardi B has consistently shocked people since her first official single release a few years back and she only continues to improve. With so many nominations at this year’s upcoming Billboard Music Awards, she is surely staying motivated to better her craft.